This Book Will Get You to Sleep!

by Jory John (Author) Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)

This Book Will Get You to Sleep!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

For little ones reluctant to say good night, this laugh-out-loud story from beloved author Jory John and internationally acclaimed illustrator Olivier Tallec will guide them through different methods of falling asleep--until they might just get tired after all.

This book is going to make you tired! It will calm you down! Yes, this book will put you to sleep! How? Easy. There are monster trucks dashing across the pages. There are sheep being chased by dragons. There are electric guitars wailing throughout. Plus so much more! Yep. All the typical stuff that makes you sleepy. So . . . are you asleep yet? No? Well, maybe another method would work better . . . So read on, and it's guaranteed you'll start to snooze!

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Kirkus Reviews

John's chatty narration and signature dry humor . . . propel the story with frenetic fun. Young audiences won't hesitate to join in.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

John targets the wide-awake with this comically riotous story that loudly promises to leave readers "sleeping PEACEFULLY" by its conclusion. Directing via megaphone, an orange kangaroo in blue cowboy boots asks what would tire readers, then attempts to induce zzzs by engaging with possible answers to that question: a parade of monster trucks, a stadium of animals chanting "FALL ASLEEP!" When these efforts flop, the 'roo recommends other unlikely approaches, including counting sheep... and the fire-breathing dragons chasing them. "ARE YOU COUNTING THEM WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING?!?!?!" laments the perplexed narrator. The marsupial eventually relents ("So... what would help you fall asleep, then? Less yelling?"), reluctantly pulling a bed out of its remarkable pouch. Tallec's humorous, signature-styled pictures easily keep pace with the book's mock-serious tone, foregrounding a charismatic protagonist who will help kids find their way, if not to sleep, then at least to plentiful giggles. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Review quotes

Jory John
JORY JOHN is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You!, Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already!. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. For six years, Jory taught writing at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco.

BOB SHEA has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books, including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney, and PBS Kids. Bob spends his days writing, drawing, and having "conversations" with NPR.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication date
April 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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